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An appealling program

This recording has two things going for it. First, it's an album by David Starobin, one of the most talented classical guitarists performing today. Second, it's released on Starobin's record label, Bridge, which has been recording guitar music since 1981. In other words, a perfect match of artist and recorded sound.

Mauro Giuliani's compositions are part of the classical tradition of Mozart and Haydn. Starobin plays them with warmth and delicacy. Although written as showpieces, Starobin chooses to emphasize the musicality of the works, a decision that I think adds to their overall appeal.

And Starobin wisely varies the program, too. Included are the Op. 24a variations for violin and two rondos for violin and guitar. Violinist Amalia Hall plays with a simple purity of tone that perfectly suits the elegant variations. Inon Barnalan's style also meshes nicely with Starobin's, although I thought the recorded piano sound was a little muted.

All in all, though, an excellent recording of classical guitar works by Giuliani. Perhaps there will be a volume 3 someday...


Born: September 27, 1951 in New York, NY

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

David Starobin is one of the top classical guitarists of the latter half of the 20th century, playing a leading role in gaining acceptance for the works of contemporary composers. Born in New York, Starobin began playing the guitar at age seven, studying with Manuel Gayol, Albert Valdes Blain, and Aaron Shearer, and eventually graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Over the years, more than 300 pieces were written specifically for Starobin by a wide variety of composers, including Gunther...
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Mauro Giuliani, Volume 2, David Starobin
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 05, 2013

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